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There he is again. There are all kinds of reasons for wrestlers to take some time away from the ring, some of which have nothing to do with someone being unable to wrestle. Sometimes the departures are merely ways to advance a storyline and set up something down the road. That was the case this week, when a wrestler returned after a two month hiatus to set up a showdown.

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The main event of this week’s edition of AEW Rampage saw Dustin Rhodes defeat Swerve Strickland via DQ when Parker Boudreaux attacked Rhodes. After the match, Keith Lee made his return to save Rhodes and end the show. This was the first time that Lee had appeared since December, when Strickland and Mogul Affiliates had crushed a cinder block over Lee’s chest. Lee also appeared clean shaven and his hair was gray instead of black.

It was a big deal. Check out Lee’s return, plus what is back:

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Opinion: This is the kind of thing that is going to set up a huge match down the line as you can all but pencil in Lee vs. Strickland, either in a singles match or in a tag of some kind, for Revolution. Other than that, it was a good way to wrap up the show as it was an exciting return. Lee and Strickland have history and now they are going to get to add in a much bigger chapter.

What do you think of the return? Where do you see it going? Let us know in the comments below.

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